Cranio-Sacral Therapy – Use Your Head
The practice of craniopathy was founded by an osteopath known as Dr Donald Sutherland. A US osteopath that viewed life as a series of pulsating contractions and expansions that he termed the ‘breath of life’. In cranio-sacral therapy, the bones of the skull and face are manipulated to facilitate the flow of the ‘living forces’, possibly by improving the flow of the cerebro-spinal fluid.
The therapy is thought to be effective in treating autism, cerebral palsy, dyslexia, ear infections, oedema, epilepsy, headache, hypertension, mood disorders, stroke, stress, spinal cord injuries and tinnitus.
As with any chiropractic technique, the aim of craniopathy is to identify the root of any dysfunction and then use of specific cranial corrections to restore correct function. Cranial corrections use very gentle pressure and are safe for all ages. It’s thought to be particularly beneficial for babies as the bones of the skull are still soft and can be manipulated easily. As a result, it often used to treat colic or pressure in the skull brought about by a difficult birth.